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London Suede, The - Dog Man Star
Label: Columbia Records
Release: 1994

Tracklisting:
1. Introducing the Band
2. We are the Pigs
3. Heroine
4. The Wild Ones
5. Daddy's Speeding
6. The Power
7. New Generation
8. This Hollywood Life
9. The 2 of Us
10. Black or Blue
11. The Asphalt World
12. Still Life
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Here's to yearning.

The London Suede have certainly mastered the ability to make successful art out of being beautiful and sad. And nothing speaks volumes to the beautiful losers more than the band's 1994 edge-of-the-apocolypse masterpiece, "Dog Man Star."

Released a year after their stomping and uproarious self-titled debut, "Dog Man Star" was make or break for the young band. It certainly made. Leaving off where the hopelessness of "Suede" started, vocalist Brett Anderson takes on the persona of the gritty sex, drugs, and drama underbelly of London, exuding the sad passion of Morrissey with the androginous sex of Ziggy-fied David Bowie. Anderson's crooning swells into mastery matching up with the fueled guitar riffs of the brilliant Bernard Butler. The tumultous Anderson/Butler duo compete for stardom on each track. The competition ultimately pushed Butler to leave Suede to escape Anderson's shadow.

The tension of the sonic superstars bred twelve standout tracks. Starting fittingly with the dooming "Introducing the Band" and tearing through tempos and time signatures. The songs go on to tell a story about the love and poison of London. An interracial affair goes sour in "Black or Blue," a tangle of lies and deceit rules "The Asphalt World," while Anderson dreams of ultra cool sadness and death of James Dean on "Daddy's Speeding." The album ends properly with the stoic and simple "Still Life," in which Anderson yearns for more from his dull existance. This is when Bernard Butler realized he yearned for more as well, denying approval of the band's direction.

Today, "Dog Man Star" holds up as The London Suede's only masterpiece. Would things have been different if Anderson and Butler never parted ways? It is not certain, but either way, they staked claim as a new generation Morrissey and Marr, and are just as memorable.



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